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Lawrence - Android Auto team

[Announcement] Android Auto Wireless is now available!

Hi Android Auto Community -

We’re excited to announce that wireless support is now officially available! Using Android Auto Wireless, you can start Android Auto on your car display without taking the phone out of your pocket or bag. Your device will automatically connect to the head unit using WiFi without having to manually connect a USB cable.

The first head units supporting this feature are already available from Pioneer, JVC and Kenwood, and we expect more products to roll out throughout the year.

Please note that you will need both compatible head unit and phone device to support Android Auto Wireless. Supported devices are as follows: Pixel - 1, 2, 3 and XL versions, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices in North America. Additional device support will be coming in the future. You can find more information by visiting our help center here.


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It is connected with WiFi and not Bluetooth? Do you mean need to let the smartphone to be a hotspot then let the head unit to join first?
Michael A
Michael A
Would be cool if my 2017 Subaru Impreza get's this feature.  If not, it is no big deal since I have to plug it in to charge while I am driving anyway.   
Mike Morrow
Mike Morrow
I have a pixel phone with Android ver 8.1.0 and Android Auto 3.1.581054 release. Works fine with USB cable, but wont connect wireless. Phone connects to Kia Optima via Bluetooth for other functions.
George Driver
George Driver
Hey Lawrence,

What assurances do you give this wireless AA will work any better than wired AA does? 

In my car, with an official Google cable, my Pixel 2 XL often takes five or more minutes to connect. 

This has gone on since I bought the phone in November. Google support and the AA team has been a black hole as far as help goes. I would expect exactly the same poor support from problems involving wireless AA.
Hennie Helberg
Hennie Helberg
What does wireless help me if your app is not even available in South Africa?  You've been working on this for years now...I am very tempted to go back to Apple...
"All that constant off/on charging (especially on short trips) takes a big toll on the longevity of a lithium ion battery."

I take the point, but that may be the difference. I only use AA on the car screen (for nav/music) on long journeys.

I'm on my second car with AA built in and a second phone using that system and it's worked for me.
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